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Heriot-Watt University

Structural Engineering

UCAS Code: H210
BEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

71%

Subjects
  • Civil engineering
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABC

Mathematics at grade B.

Scottish Highers
BBBBB-AAAB

Mathematics at grade B.

Scottish Advanced Highers
BB

Mathematics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
31

to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

71%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our Structural Engineering programme shares common courses with Civil Engineering during the first three years. Heriot-Watt University is ranked Top in the UK for Civil Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2015). 99% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 92% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme, with 93% of those in work in a professional or managerial position. These programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council. The BEng variant of these degrees are accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). In common with other BEng accredited degrees, a programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. The MEng variant of these degrees are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and no Further Learning will be required. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Modules

Year 1: Basic mathematics and relevant aspects of physics; introduction to the behaviour of structures and fluids; environmental science; design and construction; computer applications; oral and written presentation skills. Year 2: More complex analysis of structures; water engineering (pipe networks and river hydraulics); properties of engineering materials; design and management skills. Year 3: Design and management skills; principles of highway construction and transportation; water engineering (pipeline engineering; water supply and distribution; aspects of environmental water quality); techniques of analysis and design (structures and geotechnics); fire safety engineering; building services; architectural design; strength of materials. Year 4: Strong emphasis on structural research including project: major individual research project; core modules: advanced structural analysis; geotechnical engineering; finite element analysis; structural stability and dynamics; practical design studies, both in structural engineering and in collaboration with students from architecture and from building engineering and surveying; options include: pre-stressed concrete; composite structures; retaining wall design and site investigation; there may also be opportunity to study architectural design and modules from the MSc in structural engineering.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
38%
62%

Year 1

38%
62%

Year 2

40%
60%

Year 3

33%
67%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
55%
34%
11%

Year 1

55%
37%
8%

Year 2

57%
39%
4%

Year 3

41%
42%
17%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

75%

Feedback on work has been prompt

77%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

80%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
19% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
21% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
421 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals

69%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The recession probably hit construction the hardest of all industries, which meant that civil engineering, which had one of the lowest unemployment rates before the downturn, was one of the worst affected subjects. Things have got better since then, and appear to be rapidly improving, but normally we'd expect to see unemployment rates at about half of what they are currently. We're still officially short of civil engineers, especially in areas to do with mining, tunnelling and safety, and salaries are well above the graduate average. This is a subject where work experience can be very helpful in getting a job and many students do work for engineering companies while they take their degrees – it’s the most common way for civil engineers to secure their first position.
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